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An artistic solution to vacant storefronts

October 12, 2009

At a recent City Council meeting, Councilwoman Laura Friedman described a new approach some other California cities have taken to dealing with vacant storefronts.

With vacancies at a high point thanks to the recession, some cities are facilitating the filling of vacant windows with artwork from local artists. Not only does the program beautify the vacant buildings, but it also exposes people to art, Friedman said.

I was intrigued by her comments, so a story in today’s NY Times caught my attention. It looks like some New York City building owners have had a similar idea.

To read the article click here.

What do you think? Should the city try to create a similar program?

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